Visiting other Libraries

Access schemes for University libraries

Many universities will allow reference access at some times during the year. Check the relevant library website for details and always contact the library before you visit to ensure that you have access.

In addition to this there is a scheme in place which give University of Essex students greater access to some institutions.

SCONUL Access

The University of Essex is a member of SCONUL Access, a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme. The scheme covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.

If you are:

  • an academic on an open or fixed term contract
  • a postgraduate research student registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
  • a part-time, distance learning and placement student
  • or a full-time postgraduate

you may be able to borrow from other college or university libraries.

If you are:

  • a full-time undergraduate student
  • staff of a small number of higher education libraries not participating in the scheme

you may be able to use the resources of other college and university libraries for reference.

If you would like to avail of the services available under this scheme, please go to the SCONUL Access website and apply online. Please be aware that some member libraries may not offer access to all categories of user.

N.B. SCONUL Access visitors applying for use of the University of Essex library should note that applications can only be processed Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm

eduroam

The University of Essex participates in eduroam, a service which allows users from participating institutions to access a wireless network at another participating institution. It should be noted that access under the terms of eduroam does not entitle members of one institution to access the licensed resources of another institution. More information about eduroam at Essex is available from the Computing Service website.

Walk-in access

Some university libraries may provide access to a limited selection of online resources to "walk-in" users. See individual library websites for details.

Colchester Public Library

Essex Online Reference Library (Colchester Public Library)

Anyone who lives, works or studies in Essex can join Colchester Public Library. They have a number of useful electronic resources that you can consult from wherever you connect to the internet. All you will need is your Essex Libraries membership (ELAN) ticket. Useful resources include:

  • Heinemann World Book | Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition
  • Credo Reference | Gale Virtual Reference Library
  • Dictionary of National Biography | Who's Who and Who was Who
  • Guardian and Observer archive - 1791 to 2003 | Times Digital Archive | Newsbank
  • Oxford Language Dictionaries | Oxford English Dictionary
  • Oxford Art Online | Oxford Music Online | Oxford Reference Collection
  • World Data Analyst | British Standards Online
  • Kompass Worldwide Business Directories | COBRA - Complete Business Reference Advisor
  • Infotrac Newspapers Online | Infotrac Magazines Online

The above service is provided by Essex County Council not The University of Essex, we are including this resource on this page to draw attention to other services in the area which may be useful to you for your study and research.

Links to other libraries and their catalogues

Other library catalogues are extremely useful when undertaking research especially when looking for books or periodical titles that are not available in the Albert Sloman Library.

National libraries are responsible for collecting all publications issued in their respective countries. For this reason, the catalogue of a national library is the best guide to publications issued in the country in question, and anyone wanting information on the publications of that country should make the catalogue of the national library the starting point of their search.

Worldcat

Search for items located in a library near you. WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.

Gateways and Union Catalogs

Extremely useful directory of union catalogues around the world. Union catalogues amalgamate the holdings of various libraries into one catalogue, saving you time in searching.

Library Directory - Online Libraries of the World

Compiled by Ivanka Dinkova, the librarian at St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo University. This site links to over 6000 library sites around the world. The website has a very simple structure, grouping the libraries by country and city, and in the case of Canada and US by province and state respectively.

Libcat: A Guide to Library Resources on the Internet. Libraries in the United States

Libcat offers quick and easy access to library websites in the United States. Select a state from the map of list of states to see academic, government, public, and special libraries in that state.

LibWeb

Library Servers via WWW, Libweb currently lists over 7700 pages from libraries in 146 countries.

University libraries

COPAC®

A union catalogue. It provides free access to the merged online catalogues of 24 major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland PLUS the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales/Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru.

Salser

Serials catalogue for Scottish academic and research libraries

Search25

Formed in 1993 (as InforM25) with the aim of fostering co-operation amongst its London-based, higher education member libraries in order to improve services to users. The consortium now has 52 member institutions. Includes access to its union catalogue and to the University of London union list of serials

SUNCAT

Serials UNion CATalogue for the UK, it is currently still a pilot project which commenced in February 2003. It is a key tool for locating serials held in UK Libraries.

UK University websites (from HEFCE)

United States

Links to US Higher education institutions from the University of Texas at Austin. Listed by state and alphabetically.

National libraries

British Library

Registering for a Reader Pass for the British Library reading rooms. See also links to the British Library catalogue (see integrated catalogue for the main collections)

Library of Congress Online catalog

European Library

Searches the content of over 40 national libraries in Europe

Worldwide

This site lists national library catalogues alphabetically by country. It aims to give all the information necessary to connect to the catalogue. Bear in mind that many catalogues are not available twenty-four hours a day, so if you cannot gain access, it may be necessary to try again at another time.

Special libraries

UK Data Archive: UKDA

Catalogue of the Data Archive. The Data Archive is a centre of expertise in data acquisition, preservation, dissemination and promotion and is curator of the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities in the UK. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the Higher Education Funding Councils and the University of Essex.

The Hilary Doughty Research Library

Provides a gateway to specialist resources at ISER supporting the research activities of both the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change and the ESRC UK Longitudinal Studies Centre as well as the European Centre for Analysis in the Social Sciences and other postgraduate student programmes.

School of Advanced Study - University of London

includes:

  • Senate House
  • Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Library and Information Services
  • Institute of Classical Studies
  • Institute of Commonwealth Studies
  • Institute of Germanic Studies
  • Institute of Historical Research
  • Institute of Studies of America
  • Wallace Collection
  • Political pamphlets archive
  • The Warburg Institute

Enquiries

The Albert Sloman Library
The University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
Essex
CO4 3UA
+44 (0) 1206 873192
libline@essex.ac.uk

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